A second line of defence needs to be established

15 February 2016

At a press conference following a special summit of Visegrád Four (V4) prime ministers in Prague, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the policy the European Union has so far pursued in handling the migration crisis has failed, the external Schengen borders could not be protected, and therefore a new, second line of defence is needed.

“Our position remains that the wave of migration must be controlled, and it must be halted”, the Prime Minister explained. However, the line of defence between Turkey and Europe is not working, he said, and it has so far failed to halt the influx of migrants. “The past months have shown that the EU has not succeeded. Therefore – logically, and in line with our political responsibility – we must discuss the possibility of a second line of defence”, he stated.

Mr. Orbán added that “what Hungary can do is provide help to all those who are willing to ensure the establishment of a second line of defence to the south of Hungary’s borders”.

He was of the opinion that “the most important questions in 2016 will be the issues of security and migration, and therefore these were the most important topics at the V4 summit in Prague”.

He also noted that there are approximately 38.5 million people living as internally displaced persons in countries outside Europe, and “this is the mass of people which could set off for Europe at any time”.

Mr. Orbán pointed out that another large wave of migration is threatening Europe from Ukraine, but the V4 have been successful in preventing this. “We do not receive any support to do this, but we are protecting Europe from the burden of this mass movement”, he explained.

The summit was also attended by the prime ministers of Bulgaria and Macedonia. Mr. Orbán said that both countries have handled the migration crisis successfully, and therefore Hungary supports Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen Area, and Macedonia should also be offered EU membership.

Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister, Photo: Balázs Szecsődi

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s press statement following the meeting of the Visegrád Group

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  • Viktor Orbán, 52
  • Lawyer, graduated at Eötvös Loránd University and studied at Pembroke College, Oxford
  • Married to Anikó Lévai
  • They have five children: Ráhel, Gáspár, Sára, Róza, Flóra
  • Chairman of FIDESZ, vice-chairman of the European People's Party


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